018 Rosa Park's
Cartier Tank Française watch
  • Made of
    Steel
  • First produced in
    1919
  • Also worn by
    Jacqueline Kennedy, Yves Saint Laurent and Princess Diana

Rosa Park

Rosa Park is editor of Cereal and Guided by Cereal. She lives and works in Bristol, United Kingdom.

I would be the first person to admit how fickle I am. I ‘love’ something and tire of it just a couple of years – sometimes months – later. I think this trait is a symptom of my nomadic upbringing and lifestyle; as a result, I’m perpetually looking to the next chapter of my life in search of something new, whether it’s a different experience or a novel product. The things that I’m drawn to are usually of a similar ilk, but there are variations within that realm from where I decide what my current favourites are.

Having said that, there are a few things that have stood the test of time, and have remained in my possession for well over a decade. One of them is the Cartier Tank Française – a gift from my parents on my 16th birthday. Perhaps it’s the link to my sweet sixteen that gives this watch sentimental value, but I also think there’s a timelessness in the design of a Cartier Tank. It’s an understated, classic look that doesn’t scream for attention; it sits on my wrist quietly, measuring time year after year. I grow more fond of it as time passes. 

The things I’ve held on to over the years tend to be watches and pieces of jewellery. What I love about them is that they really do last forever when they are of good quality. My father recently gave me one of his old watches and I love wearing it when I miss him (he lives in Seoul, so I don’t get to see him very often). I wonder if I will give this watch to my future daughter if and when that time comes. It’s a nice thought to have. 

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